Jesus Revolution

I was a huge fan of The Wonder Years back in the day, so I knew that Jesus Revolution would be right up my alley. I absolutely love just about any movie or series set in the 50s, 60s or 70s that has a quaint nostalgic vibe to it. Plus, Jesus Revolution is all about a spiritual awakening that pretty much birthed the Christian music industry as we know it.

My biggest takeaway from the film is that God uses complicated and flawed people to accomplish His purposes. You can basically open your Bible to any page and to any chapter to find that those God chose to use more often got things wrong as much as they got things right. They were alternately egotistical and cowardly, worldly and spiritual.

God didn’t choose them — or any of us — because we were more special or charming or good-looking than any of the rest. In fact, God often chooses the weak and despised to shame those who think they are strong and powerful. So to say that you and I are chosen by God is both honoring and humbling.

But in Jesus Revolution, the movie centers around Lonnie Frisbee, a hippie who found Jesus and brought the message of salvation, as well as a whole mess of personal issues and baggage from a complicated past. We see that he becomes enamored of the spotlight and forgets the true power behind this spiritual movement.

But we also see that people are coming to faith in Christ because of Lonnie, flawed as he is. The message, not the man, is what matters most when it comes to the gospel and salvation. While God expects our lives to align with our words, He doesn’t expect us to be perfect in our lifestyles or our theology.

This is a a movie that needs to be seen on a big screen. You need a larger than life canvas for a larger than life story. Plus, there’s a clear presentation of the gospel running throughout the movie. I hope that the success of this film will lead to more like it down the road.

In the mean time, go see it!

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